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Find fun this fall festival season
What is your favorite time of year? If you’re like most Americans it’s a close call between spring and fall. A Gallup survey of 1,000 people showed May and October as favorite months and the main reason was the change of seasons from cold to warm in the spring and from hot to cool in the fall.
We’re right on the cusp of one of those magical months, so let’s take a look at some popular fall activities you may want to consider.
Fall is the most popular time of year for outdoor festivals. Whether they’re staged at schools or religious centers, conducted by small communities or larger cities, these gatherings are great for families.
Country Living rates America’s best fall festivals and reveals some interesting choices — everything from hot air balloons to livestock roundups and a host of harvest time fun. At all of the gatherings, you can find an array of tasty foods and beverages, much of which is homemade and can be hard, if not impossible, to find anywhere else. If you leave a fall festival hungry, it’s your own fault.
Stage areas offer live music, other types of entertainment, demonstrations and beauty pageants… and festivals are also popular places to stage car shows, if you want to indulge your inner gearhead. If you’re into crafts, you can readily find woodworking, glassworks, and hand-sewn or hand-knit items, usually being sold directly by the artisans who made them. And of course, there are plenty of fun activities and games for the kids (often with fabulous prizes) that offer memorable photo opportunities.
What may be the best part about many fall festivals is that they’re free! Yes, you can spend as much as you’d like on food, drink and crafts, but getting in often won’t cost a penny.
Pick your favorite!
Many parts of the country celebrate fall crops with special events where families can pick their own fruits or vegetables. Most popular are farms where you can go in and select pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving decorating… or to make pumpkin pies and roasted pumpkin seeds.
If you have an orchard near you, fall is a great time to pick fruits, especially apples, which are abundant in many parts of the country. There are literally hundreds of apple festivals across America. Pickyourown.org is a great resource for finding apple festivals and apple picking near you.
But apples aren’t the only crop that inspires fall fun. Kids love to go to farms where corn mazes have been set up. Depending on your latitude, you may still be able to score fresh ears of corn while you discover a path out of the maze.
Popular in portions of many states, leaf peeping has grown into an industry of its own. Many areas of the country have leaf-viewing train, bus and boat tours that range from simple rides to and from the most colorful areas, to much more elaborate dining excursions and overnight lodging in luxury accommodations.
This only scratches the surface of some of the most popular fall activities. You may have other ideas. Realsimple.com has a handy checklist of fun fall activities you may wish to pursue this fall.